Posts Tagged ‘ World War One ’

The Interwar ILP – Lessons for Today?

Aug 16th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage

IAN BULLOCK assesses the record of the ILP between the wars and seeks to draw a few lessons for Labour and the left today.

First, I’d like to point out that the words ‘lessons for today’ in the headline of this piece is followed by a question mark. I have no ambition, still less ability, to prescribe lessons for the Labour Party or anyone else. But I’m more than happy to suggest a few possible contenders on the understanding that lessons are, so to speak, very much in the eye of the beholder.



Between the Wars

Mar 13th, 2018 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

The period between the two world wars was one of the most turbulent in political history. The events of that time had a profound impact on the ILP and the development of British left-wing politics, as Ian Bullock describes in his important new book, Under Siege, reviewed here by HARRY BARNES.

After setting the scene in a brief and useful introduction, Ian Bullock takes us straight into his topic – the role and activities of the ILP between the end of the First World War in 1918 and the start of the Second World War in 1939. He covers an action-packed and complex period falling between these massive military conflicts, which profoundly affected the party political scene and had a major impact on the activities of the ILP.



Alfred Martlew and the Richmond 16

Jul 20th, 2017 | By admin | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

ROS BATCHELOR examines the short life and sad death 100 years ago of an early ILPer and World War One CO who paid a heavy price for sticking to his conscience in defiance of military orders.

On 11 July 1917, a young man was found drowned in the River Ouse at Bishopthorpe, a village south of York. He was eventually identified as Alfred Martlew, a conscientious objector, whose stand in the spring of 1916, had led to his forced enlistment in the army.



Prisoners of Conscience

Jul 20th, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The experiences of Fenner Brockway and Eamonn de Valera in Lincoln Prison during World War One will be discussed at an event on freedom, justice and equality at Lincoln’s Bishop Grosseteste University in September.



Commemorating the Leeds Convention of 1917

Mar 23rd, 2017 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

The 100th anniversary of an historic mass Labour and Socialist Convention held in support of the Russian Revolution at Leeds Coliseum in 1917 will be marked at a one-day event in the same city on 3 June this year.



Walter Ayles Plaque to be Unveiled

Mar 12th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

A blue plaque to commemorate ILPer and conscientious objector Walter Ayles will be unveiled in Bristol on Sunday 17 April, exactly 100 years to the day since he was arrested for campaigning against the Military Service Act of 1916.



Salters Play to Tour London

Mar 12th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage, News

Politic Man, Alison Mead’s play about pioneering ILPers Ada and Alf Salter, is all set to go ahead with performances lined up at venues across London in May and June.



Ada Salter: Pioneer of Ethical Socialism

Feb 8th, 2016 | By Barry Winter | Category: Articles, Features, Frontpage, Lead

Graham Taylor’s fine biography of Ada Salter provides a vivid account of the ILP’s ethical socialism as she lived it, says BARRY WINTER.

Ada Salter’s hands-on approach to making the world a better place is told with clarity and passion in Graham Taylor’s new biography of the pioneering ILPer. Moreover, Ada’s busy life is explored without subordinating her to her husband, Alfred Salter, who became MP for West Bermondsey (1922 and 1924-45). Indeed, having become a Quaker herself she converted him, for theirs was a creative partnership, personally and politically.



Wonder Women at WCML

Jan 6th, 2016 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Events, Frontpage

Glasgow rent strike leader and pioneering ILPer Mary Barbour will be celebrated at the Working Class Movement Library in Salford on International Women’s Day as part of Manchester’s ‘Wonder Women’ feminist festival this March.



New ILP Mural Postcards Available

Nov 24th, 2015 | By Matthew Brown | Category: Articles, Frontpage, News

New postcards of the ILP’s famous mural from its 1914 ‘Coming of Age’ conference are now available from the ILP website.